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Silicone Implants Preferred Over Saline, Says Chicago Surgeon

According to one of Chicago’s most prominent plastic surgeons, silicone breast implants have proven a far more popular option than saline among patients in 2011. Board-certified Chicago surgeon and BreastAugmentationResources.com network member Dr. Samuel Speron says more patients are now opting for silicone implants for their durability and natural look. Despite their somewhat jagged past (silicone implants were banned between 1992 and 2006), silicone is now consistently considered a safe material for implant usage. Dr Speron explains:

“The FDA re-approved silicone implants on November 17, 2006,” says Dr. Sam Speron, a renowned Chicago plastic surgeon. “Even though I was involved in the silicone implant studies, even up to the last few years around 80% of women chose to go with saline implants for their cosmetic breast augmentations. This year, it has completely turned around with about 75% of my cosmetic breast enhancement patients choosing silicone breast implants.”

Understanding Silicone’s Newfound Popularity

So why are people just now opting for silicone implants? It probably has something to do with the fact that even after the ban was lifted and silicone became FDA-approved, there was still a bit of a stigma and scare surrounding silicone. After fourteen years, patients and plastic surgeons alike have probably forgotten about the ban and deemed silicone implants safe. They’re even less prone to wrinkling and rippling than saline implants.

And then there’s that bit about how many people find silicone breast implants to be superior to saline in terms of look and feel. They are softer, and tend to create more natural contours when placed in a woman’s body. As the plastic surgery industry becomes increasingly inclusive of a range of patients, natural-looking results have become more desirable than ever.

The Downsides of Silicone Implants

Despite the drastic leaps that silicone implants have made over the last couple of decades, they are inherently more risky than saline implants. When a saline implant leaks, its fluids can be largely absorbed by the body without harm. The body is not as keen on silicone, which it identifies as a toxic material. And unfortunately, silicone implants are more likely to rupture and leak. Silicone implants are also pre-filled as opposed to adjustable, so the incision has to be long enough to accommodate the implant’s size.

Due to the risks associated with silicone implants, patients who have them need to take more precautions. This means routine MRIs to check for leaks and more frequent replacement implants.

About Dr. Speron

Dr. Speron is a plastic surgeon and breast augmentation expert certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His office in Park Ridge, Illinois, proudly serves the greater Chicago area. In addition to his renowned breast implants, Dr. Speron also performs facelifts, blepharoplasty, liposuction, and much more. If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Speron’s range of plastic surgery procedures or to schedule a consultation with another board-certified find, contact our representatives today!



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